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Babble's Guide to Oscar's Best Picture Nominations: Which Ones Should You Rush Out to See?

George Clooney in The Descendants

Do you love going to the movies? Yeah, me too. But after having my daughter I rarely get to see a film that isn’t animated, involves talking animals or has a token princess of some sort.  I find that I have to be very picky about what films my husband and I go out and see, because after spending money on the tickets, popcorn and hiring a sitter, the simple act of going out to the movies becomes a hefty investment.

Once the Oscars nominations are announced there is a new urgency to going out to the movies, many of us attempt to see as many of the films up for awards as we can. Not just so we can have a film to root for on Oscar night but so you can actually talk to grown ups about something other than the next cartoon feature coming out.

Check out all the nominations in our Babble Guide to Oscar’s Best Picture Nominations right here plus whether there are any you can take the whole family to:

  • The Artist 1 of 9
    The Artist
    Synopsis: "Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break."

    Director: Michel Hazanavicius

    Starring: Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo

    Rated: Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture

    Take the Kids?: Older kids would be okay, this is if they can get into the black and white, silent thing.

    What You Should Know: You'll be charmed by this film and you'll fall in love with the stars (and the dog!)

  • The Descendents 2 of 9
    The Descendents
    Synopsis: "A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident."

    Director: Alexander Payne

    Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

    Rated R for language including some sexual references

    Take the Kids?: No. This is a film for date night.

    What You Should Know: You'll fall in love with George Clooney yet again and may go online to try to book a Hawaiian vacation asap.

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 3 of 9
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Synopsis: "A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001."

    Director: Stephen Daldry

    Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

    Rated PG-13 for "emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language."

    Take the Kids?: Probably not, this is more if you feel like going on an emotional journey and it may be just too much for even middle school aged kids.

    What You Should Know: Bring your Kleenex, be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.

  • The Help 4 of 9
    The Help
    Synopsis: "An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis."

    Director: Tate Taylor

    Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

    Rated PG-13 for "thematic material."

    Take the Kids?: Could be seen as an educational experience for middle school and high school aged children, to shed some light on the plight of the ‘domestics' of the not so distant past.

    What You Should Know: Bring your Kleenex, you will cry.

  • Hugo 5 of 9
    Hugo
    Synopsis: "Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton."

    Director: Martin Scorsese

    Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Lee

    Rated PG for "mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking"

    Take the Kids?: Yes! Not little kids but those eight and up will love it.

    What You Should Know: See it in 3D to experience it in all it's glory.

  • Midnight in Paris 6 of 9
    Midnight in Paris
    Synopsis: "A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better."

    Director: Woody Allen

    Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates

    Rated PG-13 for "some sexual references and smoking.:

    Take the Kids?: Not so much, Woody Allen does not make kid's films.

    What You Should Know: You will want to fly off to Paris and your admiration of Woody Allen as a director will be restored (he really is hit and miss).

  • Moneyball 7 of 9
    Moneyball
    Synopsis: "The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players."

    Director: Bennett Miller

    Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill

    Rated PG-13 for "some strong language."

    Take the Kids?: Not for the kids, they won't really ‘get' it. And there is a fair share of swearing. But your high schooler who plays ball may really enjoy it.

    What You Should Know: You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie, and Brad Pitt is fabulous in it as Billy Beane.

  • Tree of Life 8 of 9
    Tree of Life
    Synopsis: "The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence."

    Director: Terrence Malick

    Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain

    Rated PG-13 for "some thematic material."

    Take the Kids?: Not for the kids, it's a ‘heavy' film that is hard to follow.

    What You Should Know: You'll either love it or hate it.

  • War Horse 9 of 9
    War Horse
    Synopsis: "Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on."

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis

    Rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of war violence."

    Take the Kids?: War Horse is an educational experience about War World 1 for the older kids, but it isn't for kids under the age of 12.

    What You Should Know: It's beautifully shot and a majestic movie, but is not for the faint of heart.

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Images: IMDB

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